Timestamp #136: The Caves of Androzani – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: The Caves of Androzani (4 episodes, s21e17-e20, 1984)   Davison deserved better. The TARDIS arrives in a dry lake bed on Androzani Minor. After a small bout of exploration, Peri and the Doctor question the presence of motor vehicle tracks on an otherwise desolate planet and decide to follow them. While they travel, the Doctor muses about keeping diaries. While they explore the crystalline caves, Peri falls into a web-like substance that stings. Afterward, she asks the Doctor about his lapel celery, which turns purple when exposed to gases in the Praxis range. Elsewhere, a monster attacks a group […]

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Timestamp #135: Planet of Fire – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Planet of Fire (4 episodes, s21e13-e16, 1984)   It’s a strange mashup between a primitive religion theme and an unstoppable menace. Crossing a barren volcanic landscape, two men in tattered clothes offer up a distinctly Middle Eastern vibe. The cross cuts to two other men discussing matters of faith and pilgrimages in a pristine palace environment further that flavor. The two travelers crest the volcano and find nothing, confirming their belief that the god Logar is a myth. That’s a slightly different pilgrimage than I expected. Meanwhile, an archaeological expedition led by Howard Foster is dredging the ocean in […]

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Timestamp #134: Resurrection of the Daleks – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks (2 episodes, s21e11-e12, 1984)   This story gets dark fast and leaves a lot of room to think in the end. In a disused modern day alley, several men in anachronistic costumes run from police officers and their machine pistols. When the runners (and one innocent bystander) are shot down, they are transmatted to a nearby starship. There are two survivors as the execution squad beams away, and they return to the warehouse to warn others only to find that the time corridor has been closed. They are spooked by a remaining executioner who kills […]

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Timestamp #134: Resurrection of the Daleks – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks (2 episodes, s21e11-e12, 1984)   This story gets dark fast and leaves a lot of room to think in the end. In a disused modern day alley, several men in anachronistic costumes run from police officers and their machine pistols. When the runners (and one innocent bystander) are shot down, they are transmatted to a nearby starship. There are two survivors as the execution squad beams away, and they return to the warehouse to warn others only to find that the time corridor has been closed. They are spooked by a remaining executioner who kills […]

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Timestamp #133: Frontios – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Frontios (4 episodes, s21e07-e10, 1984)   Base under siege… again. An expedition is studying minerals underground when the mine shaft collapses around them, killing the team (and colony) leader, Captain Revere. Chief Orderly Brazen, head of security for the colony, swears the remaining members to secrecy. His scientific officer, Mr. Range, fervently disagrees. On the TARDIS, the Doctor is fidgeting, including obsessing over the placement of the hatstand. The time capsule drifts into orbit of Frontios, home to the survivors of human civilization after the Earth collided with the sun. The Doctor refuses to set down, fearing contamination […]

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